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Fort Worth Flashback: Turnpike stimulated growth between Fort Worth, Dallas

Posted June 23, 2013

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The Dallas-Fort Worth Turnpike was a 30-mile toll highway that operated between 1957 and 1977, following the route of modern-day Interstate-30.

The road, three lanes in each direction but later widened, is the only direct connection between downtown Fort Worth and downtown Dallas.

The proposed expressway was studied as early as 1944, but was turned down by the state engineer due to the expense. In 1953, the Legislature created the Texas Turnpike Authority, which in 1955 raised $58.5 million to build the project. Construction started later that year.

By Aug. 27, 1957, the highway was open to traffic. The turnpike’s presence stimulated growth in Arlington and Grand Prairie and facilitated construction of Six Flags Over Texas.

After the bonds were paid off, the expressway was officially transferred to what was then known as the State Department of Highways and Public Transportation at midnight, Dec. 31, 1977. This photo shows workers removing the toll booths on the Turnpike on Jan. 3, 1978.

In October 2001, the former turnpike became known as the Tom Landry Highway.

The Fort Worth Library has approximately 10,000 items pertaining to the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. These items include city and county government documents, newspapers, directories, cemetery association records, maps as well as popular and scholarly books written by local authors or about local subjects. To learn more, call 817-392-7740 or email the Genealogy, History and Archives Section.

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